Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick, 1928–, American writer, b. New York City, grad. New York Univ. (B.A., 1949), Ohio State Univ. (M.A., 1950). Her fiction, written with high intelligence, elegant incisiveness, and sharp, frequently satiric wit, is mainly concerned with facets of Jewish life and thought including the Holocaust and its legacy, the Jewish presence in contemporary life, and Jewish mysticism and legend. Ozick's novels began with the lengthy Trust (1966) and continued with The Cannibal Galaxy (1983), The Messiah of Stockholm (1987), The Shawl (1989), The Puttermesser Papers (1997), Heir to the Glimmering World (2004), and Foreign Bodies (2010). Her collections of short fiction are The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories (1971), Bloodshed and Three Novellas (1976), Levitation: Five Fictions (1982), and Dictation: A Quartet (2008). Ozick's literary criticism and other intellectually rigorous essays have been collected in Art and Ardor (1983), Metaphor and Memory (1989), Fame and Folly (1996), Quarrel and Quandary (2000), and The Din in the Head (2006). Early in her career Ozick published poetry, and in her later years she has written plays.

See studies by H. Bloom, ed. (1986), S. Pinsker (1987), J. Lowin (1988), V. E. Kielsky (1989), L. S. Friedman (1991), E. M. Kauvar (1993), S. B. Cohen (1994), V. H. Strandberg (1994), and D. Fargione (2005).

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Cynthia Ozick
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1986
Untying the Tongue: Gender, Power, and the Word
Linda Longmire; Lisa Merrill.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Reading Our Selves in The Cannibal Galaxy"
Historical Nightmares and Imaginative Violence in American Women's Writings
Amy S. Gottfried.
Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "How to Say It: Art and the Holocaust in Cynthia Ozick's The Shawl"
Jewish Women Fiction Writers
Harold Bloom.
Chelsea House, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Cynthia Ozick" begins on p. 70
Triangles of History and the Slippery Slope of Jewish American Identity in Two Stories by Cynthia Ozick
Cooper, Janet L.
MELUS, Vol. 25, No. 1, Spring 2000
Disruptive Memories: Cynthia Ozick, Assimilation, and the Invented Past
Powers, Peter Kerry.
MELUS, Vol. 20, No. 3, Fall 1995
The Ritual of New Creation: Jewish Tradition and Contemporary Literature
Norman Finkelstein.
State University of New York Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "The Struggle for Historicity: Cynthia Ozick's Fiction"
Women's Holocaust Writing: Memory and Imagination
S. Lillian Kremer.
University of Nebraska Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Cynthia Ozick" begins on p. 149
Iconoclastic Commitments: Idolatry and Imagination in Cynthia Ozick and Ronald Sukenick
Katz, Adam.
Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 38, No. 3, September 2005
"And Here [Their] Troubles Began": The Legacy of the Holocaust in the Writing of Cynthia Ozick, Art Spiegelman, and Philip Roth
Lehmann, Sophia.
CLIO, Vol. 28, No. 1, Fall 1998
A Reader's Companion to the Short Story in English
Erin Fallon; R. C. Feddersen; James Kurtzleben; Maurice A. Lee; Susan Rochette-Crawley.
Greenwood Press, 2001
Librarian’s tip: "Cynthia Ozick (April 17, 1928-)" begins on p. 324
Enlarging America: The Cultural Work of Jewish Literary Scholars, 1930-1990
Susanne Klingenstein.
Syracuse University Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: "Cynthia Ozick, Writer" begins on p. 216
Facing Black and Jew: Literature as Public Space in Twentieth-Century America
Adam Zachary Newton.
Cambridge University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Cynthia Ozick begins on p. 100
Encyclopedia of the Essay
Tracy Chevalier.
Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Ozick, Cynthia American, 1928- " begins on p. 627
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